Author Archives: Betsy Harper

I’ll Take the Rainbow Princess

Last week I met my niece Lauren and her two daughters, Julia (5) and Abby (3) for a “goodbye” lunch. Happily for Lauren, but sadly for me, she is moving her family to Denver to take a promotion and new … Continue reading

Posted in Hiring Process

New Hip Hooray!

My husband has gone through more airport security scanners than any other person I know. He spent his career traveling the globe and now that he’s retired, that hasn’t changed too much. Only now, the wands will be waving and … Continue reading

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Some Assembly Required

Lots of things happened in 2004. The final episode of Friends aired on NBC; Ronald Reagan died at the age of 93; a little company named Facebook was launched in Cambridge. And, the newsletter below was published in December of … Continue reading

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Baby, You Can’t Drive My Car

BABY, YOU CAN’T DRIVE MY CAR I test drove a car last week. I loved it! It had everything I’m looking for – a high performance engine, good gas mileage, all the tech gadgetry you could ever want and it’s small – … Continue reading

Posted in Sales Topics

HIT THE HIRING REFRESH BUTTON

When an employee leaves unexpectedly, especially one that you particularly like and who has been doing a good job, it’s easy for a manager to view hiring a replacement as an un-pleasurable, possibly daunting, task. Someone you like must be … Continue reading

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4 Tips to Quickly Qualify Candidates

WHO DOES YOUR JOB? Years ago, when I told my now 98-year-old mother that I was headed up to Maine for a few weeks of vacation, she sweetly asked me, “Who does your job when you go on vacation?” My … Continue reading

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Can You Fire Like George Clooney

JUST SAY NO TO THE DEVIL YOU KNOW I love George Clooney. He’s charming, debonair, handsome, smart and, oh yes, a good actor too. That is apparent in spades, especially when his role is the total opposite of charming George. … Continue reading

Posted in Additional Topics

Four Ways to Spot a Diamond in the Rough

CERTAIN THERE WILL BE UNCERTAINTY Whether you’re hiring someone for a senior, strategic position or for the lowest level position in your company, there is always an element of uncertainty when you make that final decision about who gets the … Continue reading

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Eating Salad with a Spoon

A while ago I found myself forced to eat my lunch salad with a spoon. Have you ever tried to eat salad with a spoon? Probably not, I’m sure. But, if you did try, you’d see it’s pretty damn hard … Continue reading

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

In the summer of 2000, a Boston-based, $240,000,000 software technology company was looking for a Regional Sales Director. They were a “hot” local company with a very good reputation for their products and their company culture. But, the market for … Continue reading

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